The Sustainable Engineering Lab has installed the first of three batteryless solar-powered irrigation pilot systems in Senegal. Each system provides clean energy to power water pumps for 7 horticulture farmers in rural Senegal as part of USAID’s Powering Agriculture grant.
Vijay Modi of The Earth Institute discusses their solution to enable smallholder farmers to use a central solar energy unit to power multiple AC pumps for irrigation—taking advantage of the benefits of solar without the high costs associated with DC-powered pumps and battery storage.
USAID has announced that the Sustainable Engineering Lab has been awarded a two-year, $1.1M innovation grant to establish three smart solar irrigation pilot projects in the Millennium Village of Potou, a rural area in northern Senegal.
USAID and four of its partners named two innovative organizations the top winners of their global challenge to design clean energy solutions that have the potential to transform the way farmers in the developing world feed their countries.